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New Soap Role for W&L Alum

After many years of taking his cues from executive producers of soap operas, Washington and Lee alumnus Grant Kunkowski will get to play one on a soap opera when he joins the cast of “Tainted Dreams.” It begins filming in late July.

Grant, whose stage name is Grant Aleksander, was well known for playing Philip Spaulding on “The Guiding Light” on and off for 27 years. He will now play a character named Adam Clark on the new soap opera about a soap opera.

“With more than 30 years in daytime both in front of and behind the camera, I have experienced many executive producers, and now it will be fun to actually play one,” Grant said in an interview with the website “We Love Soaps.”

“Tainted Dreams” is billed as a “dramedy” that follows the lives of the cast and crew, including the corporate network heads, of a fictional show called “Painted Dreams.”

Grant received his W&L degree in 2012, 34 years after he first entered the University. He left after his sophomore year to pursue an acting career in New York. When he was back in Lexington these past few years, taking classes to finish his major in theater, Grant worked with his fellow students on several productions.

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